3. Implementation and Monitoring Progress

3 Jun - 24 Jul 2019
Go back to Online Dialogue on the Transitional Stabilisation Programme

The implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the TSP will involve the participation of all key stakeholders, embracing Government, Business, Labour, Civil Society, Academia, Development Partners and Citizens [pg.46].

The programme will adopt a Results Based Management approach using 100 Days Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) methodology.

The implementation of the TSP is guided by:

  1. High level Results Framework;
  2. Comprehensive matrix of policies, projects and programmes; and 
  3. Programme Implementation Architecture.

The TSP sets out three key vehicles for its implementation – Policies, Projects and Programmes.

  1. Looking at the TSP, what should the Government prioritise?
  2. What do you foresee as possible challenges in implementation of the TSP?
  3. What do you envisage as the role of citizens, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders  in the implementation of the TSP?

 

Comments (17)

Blessing Muyambo • Peacebuilding Officer (UNDP) at UNDP from Zimbabwe Moderator

Welcome to this online dialogue on the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP). This consultation is open from 3 June to 3 July 2019 and is publicly available for Zimbabweans to participate in the discussions.Introduced by the Government of Zimbabwe in October 2018, the TSP, seeks to stimulate economic growth and stabilise the macroeconomic situation in the country. The Programme outlines policies and projects that will guide Zimbabwe’s socio-economic interventions and initiate policy reforms to position the country toward a middle-income economy by 2030. Collaboration between government, citizens, the private sector, civic organization's and all Zimbabweans on the TSP is important.This online dialogue is an opportunity to nurture a shared understanding among citizens and stakeholders on the policy reforms and project responses in the TSP. Your insights will help to ensure an enhanced understanding of the TSP among fellow citizens; contribute input into future development plans and expand scope for engagement and accountability among stakeholders on the planning, monitoring and implementation of the TSP.

The consultation will be segmented into four discussion threads:
Discussion 1: Reforms and Policy Responses;
Discussion 2: Relevance - Today and Tomorrow;
Discussion 3: Implementation and Monitoring; and
Discussion 4: Transparency and Accountability.
You may wish to read through the abridged version of the TSP and respective background papers in each of the respective discussion threads.Please feel free to comment in as many threads, and respond to as many questions, as you
like. Though the consultation will largely be hosted in English, comments in some of the local languages are also welcomed. If you have any difficulty accessing or contributing to this consultation, or any other issues with the website, please contact us by sending an email to info@globaldevhub.org. This consultation will culminate in a synthesis document to be presented to a policy dialogue at a date to be advised.
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Blessing Muyambo • Peacebuilding Officer (UNDP) at UNDP from Zimbabwe Moderator

Good day! For further insights on the TSP implementation, please find attached here with, a March 2019  progress report upload by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

Nancy Kachingwe • from Zimbabwe

Thanks for this. It would be great to share with the other groups. 

I've done my civic duty and contributed to all the groups except this one, so I'll keep it short. For me the priority is around human development / social investment / poverty eradication aspects of the TSP so its unfortunate that the report hasn't made any mention of social impacts of policy reforms and some of the mitigatory measures taken, or the status on implementation on women/youth initiatives. There's also no reporting on employment creation and informal sector support which is crucial for women and youths.

Would it be possible to ask the Ministry to put out a report that covers these dimensions, including humanitarian relief for disaster and drought stricken areas and funding towards disaster mitigation and adaptation? This could also be tied in with the stated commitment to the SDGs which should be integrated into the monitoring and implementation framework... 

Blessing Muyambo • Peacebuilding Officer (UNDP) at UNDP from Zimbabwe Moderator

Nancy Kachingwe thank you for your contribution which calls for more proactive measures rather than reactionary in reducing or preventing poverty. As the implementation of the TSP is one with a cross- functionality and implemented through clusters comprising of relevant line ministries such as Ministry of Women Affairs, Community , Small and Medium Enterprise Development which are to produce regular reports, how do you envision the role of citizens, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders in monitoring and ensuring timely implementation of approved priority projects (and ensuring such important groups such as women and youth are not left out). Mention is made to priority infrastructural projects on health, education on page 68   https://t792ae.c2.acecdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Abridged_TRANSI…  and on page 43 makes mention of strategies to support those unable to meet fees and levy charges. In the progress report that you make reference to,  on page 13  there is mention on how the Lotteries and Gaming Commission will provide complementary support to the fiscus towards social services and national disasters... and through these priorities enunciated in the TSP do you forsee any challenges in implementation

Simon Munyaradzi Garikayi • student at Midlands State University from Zimbabwe
  • The government should prioritise the aspect of agriculture revitalisation and health sector
  • some of the posible challenges are funds to implementation, ignorant from the public ,economic and political instability in the country right now
  • civil societies and citizens should support the government in implementing the TSP and took part in every step of the implementation program
Blessing Muyambo • Peacebuilding Officer (UNDP) at UNDP from Zimbabwe Moderator

Thank you very much for your input Simon.  With reference to the priority areas you indicated, agriculture and the health sector, the TSP under its implementation framework in the abridged version TSP Document (Hyperlink) - to abridged version  on page 67  details the identified health infrastructural development projects and their locations and on page 71 reference is made to the  Agricultural Infrastructure projects. How then do you envisage the role of citizens , civil society , the private sector and other stakeholders in implementation of the TSP in line with the priority areas you highlighted on agriculture and the health sector.
 

Shamiso Ruzvidzo • ICT4D Specialist (Viamo Inc.) at Viamo Inc. from Zimbabwe Moderator

Welcome to week 2 of online dialogue on the TSP. We continue to nurture a shared understanding among citizens and stakeholders on the reforms and policy responses in the TSP. Your insights are important in enhancing the understanding of the TSP among fellow citizens; contribute input into future development plans and expand scope for engagement and accountability among stakeholders on the planning, monitoring and implementation of the TSP. 

Please feel free to comment in as many threads, and respond to as many questions, as you like. Though the consultation will largely be hosted in English, comments in some of the local languages are also welcomed. a are planning a multi-stakeholder platform at the end of July where participants from the online dialogue will be invited to participate.

Links to abridged version of the TSP and other related documents will be provided. We also encourage you to share the link to your colleagues, friends and family members so that they can also participate.

Blessing Muyambo • Peacebuilding Officer (UNDP) at UNDP from Zimbabwe Moderator

As we head into a new week of productive discussions on the implementation and monitoring progress of the TSP,  would like to thank Simon and Nancy for your contribution. With Simon highlighting the need for government to prioritize the agriculture and health sectors. Citing, the lack of funds as a possible challenge in implementing the TSP. Whilst Nancy, referencing the TSP progress report http://www.zimtreasury.gov.zw/index.php/resources/downloads/category/41…  posted by the Ministry of Finance, you indicated the need for government to prioritize social safety nets to mitigate the, "social impacts of the policy reforms." Summing up by highlighting the need to have trackers on the status around the implementation of women and youth initiatives and the TSP connectors to the SDGs.

Rudo Grace Gwata-Charamba • Results Based Management Consultant/ Author / Researcher at free lance consultant from Zimbabwe

Thank you very much for this forum which is inline with underpinning the Programme with the Results Based Management (RBM) approach where  maximum  stakeholder participation is  key. However, I am rather concerned by the near silence regarding the changes (results) that the various projects have attained so far. Nearly all updates, including the above-mentioned,  report on  a number  of significant activities, which is great but RBM Monitoring focuses on answering the question, “So what?”. That is, what changes has stakeholders’ access to the  deliverables of the identified activities caused or contributed to. That is also the central purpose of development - causing changes in people’s lives.

Secondly this Programme is to be implemented through 100 day initiatives or projects. We heard quite a bit on those 100-day projects earlier  but, sadly, not anymore after the first phase. These Rapid Results Initiatives are meant to deliver quick results that would benefit stakeholders timely and also motivate them to continue with the effective implementation. Success stories regarding their use in transitional projects have been recorded in several nations. In my opinion, following that route has the potential to significantly enhance enhance progress in the implementation of the TSP. 

Shamiso Ruzvidzo • ICT4D Specialist (Viamo Inc.) at Viamo Inc. from Zimbabwe Moderator

Thank you Rudo for your clear and insightful comments on implementation and the results which follow from these initiatives, and how they impact people's lives. In your opinion how best should these results be shared to stakeholders?

Rudo Grace Gwata-Charamba • Results Based Management Consultant/ Author / Researcher at free lance consultant from Zimbabwe

Thank you very much Shamiso. Results, in the context of RBM, reportedly the approach being used for implementing the TSP, refer to changes in people’s lives caused by execution the projects or Programme. These start with higher level outputs rather than the lower levels that relate to project deliverables (goods and services) and completing tasks, which are the contents of most reports that are shared. Articulating the changes that the access or use that these deliverables have had in people’s lives and preferably deriving such information from end-users from these deliverables, has more value. This is precisely because successful completion of tasks on its own cannot guarantee  improvement  in people’s lives, the central theme of development. And this has been the tragedy with most development  programmes. For example, if there has been a conference organized, what improvement has been recorded, from the perspective of the participants. Initial improvements can include enhanced knowledge & info about the subject of the conference, establishment of networks etc. Beyond the event or project, these participants are expected use the deliverables (info for example) leading to improved performance within their environments. In short, informing stakeholders about the levels of attendance or events that took place at the conference is great but not enough to allow the assessment of progress towards achieving the goals of the Programme. Contribution towards development, or improvement in people’s lives, which implies change(s) should be the focus for the whole Programme cycle from planning to  execution. It is also what should be  monitored and reported on. 

I hope I have tried to address the question

Blessing Muyambo • Peacebuilding Officer (UNDP) at UNDP from Zimbabwe Moderator

You highlight critical points Rudo, full participation of all beneficiaries and stakeholders throughout the programme cycle with more stakeholder/beneficiary voices being clearly articulated in the progress or milestones achieved. Are there any groups or stakeholders that are pivotal in the implementation of the TSP whose role you think needs to be more enunciated?

Rudo Grace Gwata-Charamba • Results Based Management Consultant/ Author / Researcher at free lance consultant from Zimbabwe

Blessing Muyambo 

Thank you again Blessing. Yes I think there are some key stakeholders from whom  data  are not captured for  monitoring purposes in line with RBM.

There is monitoring information based on official reports and from the perspective of implementers and cooperating partners which is great. However, experience and research  often show that official reports usually do not accurately reflect the reality on the ground. Also, reporting on achievements, systems that have become live for example, do not tell much in terms of development, improvement in people’s lives. There is need to obtain data from the grassroots, end-users of the systems, for example, through their own structures or through faith based and civil society organizations that closely interact with them

In addition, there is limited information derived from data provided by the academia and people in the Diaspora. According to the TSP,  expected participation of the latter included skills transfer as well as involvement in arising domestic investment opportunities. Their experiences, with the progress towards the ease of doing business for example,  and  views  regarding the achievements to date can be sought. 

There are significant levels of negativity, among many  groups of stakeholders, which gives an indication of limited or no buy-in as well as the absence of  a sense of ownership re the programme, albeit expressed in social circles. That, according to some stakeholders, would also scare the implementers from seeking performance data from these end-users because they somewhat already know what to expect. So the solution most probably lies in ensuring participation early enough in the lives of initiatives, at least during the planning stages, to ensure such buy-in and commitment. At the current execution stage, it’s still possible to revise the levels of participation, an aspect of learning which is also a key principle of RBM. This can  help to improve the processes, albeit at lower levels than would have been otherwise

 

Blessing Muyambo • Peacebuilding Officer (UNDP) at UNDP from Zimbabwe Moderator

Rudo Grace Gwata-Charamba, greatly appreciate your contribution, highlighting the critical role of Faith Based Organizations, Academia, CSOs and the Diaspora in the implementation of the TSP as lessons continue to be drawn and citizens informed and empowered for collective ownership of the Transitional Stabilization Programme and ultimately, its progress. Please feel free to join the discussion in room 4 on https://www.globaldevhub.org/Zimbabwe-TSP-Transparency to put across what you think can be done by the aforementioned groups you highlighted to ensure implementation of the TSP is done in a transparent and accountable manner.

Shamiso Ruzvidzo • ICT4D Specialist (Viamo Inc.) at Viamo Inc. from Zimbabwe Moderator

As we kick off week three, I would like to thank Rudo for her contribution in the week two dialogue. Rudo highlighted;

  • The need for more stakeholder/beneficiary voices to be raised in the progress or milestones achieved - in the implementation of the TSP.
  • Rudo also highlighted the importance of continued updates on the 100-day initiatives or projects, to help motivate stakeholders to continue with effective implementation and continued enhancement of such initiatives and projects.
  • In closing Rudo touched on the critical role of capturing lessons learnt from groups/stakeholders such as those in Academia and the Diaspora, in their experience of implementing the TSP and how these lessons can be shared for collective ownership of the TSP.

Join us this week as we continue to explore the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme.

Tatenda Mbira • ICT Officer (Zimbabwe Youth Council) at Zimbabwe Youth Council from Zimbabwe Moderator

We are in the 3rd week of Citizen Engagement and Consultation on the  Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP). 

October 2018 – December 2020 TSP prioritises fiscal consolidation, economic stabilisation, and stimulation of growth and creation of employment. Join us lets dialogue on the implemantation and monitoring of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme.

Rutendo Kambarami • Communications Specialist (Consultant) at Consultant from Zimbabwe

Welcome to week 4 of our online dialogue. We continue with the conversations to engage Zimbabweans on the TSP and gather insights on better citizen understanding of the Programme. Your responses will help ensure and enhanced understanding of the TSP among citizens, civil society, the private sector and other non-state actors; contribute input into the future development plans and expand scope for engagement and accountability between stakeholders on the planning, monitoring and implementation of the TSP. 

Please feel free to comment in as many threads and respond to as many or as few questions as you like, Though the consultation will largely be hosted in English, comments in other local languages are also welcomed.